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today, including one that would provide military assistance, expediting military sales to jordan. also a bill taking up preventing russian cyberattacks, assisting ukraine in doing that. votes later on this evening at 6:30 p.m. eastern. also a republican meeting at 7:00 eastern to talk about the upcoming deadline. the current short-term spending measure expires this thursday at midnight. so the house and senate will have to pass another one. the senate in this afternoon as well. you can follow coverage over on c-span2. and the house, next, here on c-span. . purget to clause 8, rule 20, the chair will postponefurther proceedings today on motions to suspend the rules on which a recorded for the the yeas and nays are ordered are ordered. all votes object jeggetted to clause 6, rule 20, the house will postponequestions at a later time. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek
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recognition? >> i move the house suspend the les and pass h.r. 5457 the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 4547, a bill to amend titles 2, 8 and 16 of the social security act to improve and strengthen the representative payment program. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from texas, mr. brady, and the gentleman from connecticut, mr. larson, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. brady: i ask unanimous consent that members may have five legislative days to resize and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 5447. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. brady: today we have the action to help those receiving social security. this bill led by congressman sam
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johnson and john larson of connecticut, the chairman and lame of the social security subcommittee takes actions to improve the representative payey program. today, when someone on social security is aren't able to manage their own benefits, the administration will sign them a representative payey. these are individuals or organizations to have a vital responsibility to help some of our most vulnerable people on social security, children, seniors and folks with disabilities. the payey receives benefits on behalf of these americans and required to use the money to fulfill those needs. here's the problem. representative payey program just isn't working the way it should. as the ways and means committee has learned from the work of our subcommittee, social security administration has serious challenges knowing when someone needs help managing the benefits and making sure who provide those help are doing a good job. this is puts our vulnerables at
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a risk and that is completely unacceptable. with this bipartisan bill we can make the representative payee program more effective and more accountable for the americans who depend on them. this bill strengthens oversite. it protects those on social security. it reduces burdens on families and puts greater focus on the needs of social security families giving americans more of a say in selecting the payee of their choice. more important ensuring they have a payee they can trust. though our committee did not mark up this bill, we held multiple subcommittee hearings on this issue and meetings among members on both sides of the aisle. we also heard from stakeholders about the challenges they face. this bill is a long time coming. it's going to make important, much-needed changes to the representative payee program. to further solidify the committee's understanding and our legislative intent, i am
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sending the acting commissioner of social security a letter. this letter transmits a technical explanation of the bill. we have asked the acting commissioner to make that letter and technical explanation available on the agency's website. and i ask unanimous consent to insert this letter into the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. brady: i want to thank all of the members for their hard work and leadership on this important issue. particularly i want to express my gratitude to chairman johnson, ranking member larson, for your dedication to improving the representative payee program. this is a very important bill that has strong bipartisan support. i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting its passage. i'll reserve. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman reserve? the gentleman from connecticut is recognized. mr. larson: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. larson: thank you, mr.
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speaker. i rise in strong support of h.r. 4547, the strengthening protections for social security beneficiaries act of 2017. which the distinguished chairman from texas, mr. johnson, and i introduced and the committee has held several hearings on. before i begin, i would like to acknowledge our distinguished chairman. we on the ways and means ommittee are fortunate that we , in our midst, get to work daily with two iconic american heroes, john lewis of georgia and sam johnson of texas. it has been my high honor to serve as his ranking member with this great american hero and dedicated public servant. we all know that mr. johnson is
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indicating that he will not be seeking election again. that is a great loss to the congress and a great homecoming for people in plano, texas, and his family who richly deserved this great american hero here. he demonstrates that heroism daily in the committee by his compassion and concern for his fellow americans. much as he defended them in his service to the military, he defends them daily here in the united states congress. as chairman brady pointed out, there is a great need within the payee system to address a number of the concerns that the hearings that mr. johnson conducted revealed many of the inadequacyies that existed. -- inadequacies that existed. there are currently eight million social security beneficiaries who have a payee
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to help manage their benefits. nearly half of whom are children. in many cases we are talking about the most vulnerable of our citizens, many who cannot advocate for themselves. that is why our bill strengthens the number of quality of performance reviews by entrusting them to protection and advocacy organizations in each state. these organizations are embedded in the communities they serve and will be best equipped to flag and investigate instances where ayees may be abusing their beneficiaries. many of the state organizations have written letters of support for h.r. 4547, including disability rights connecticut and, mr. speaker, i would like to submit that -- without objection, submit that letter for the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. larson: aside from that and because of mr. johnson's
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leadership, the bill before us today has the support of many advocacy groups, including the aarp, the national committee to preserve social security and medicare, the national disability rights network, the association of mature american citizens, and the national alliance of mental illness. i, therefore, urge my colleagues on both sides, as chairman brady has indicated, to join us in voting yes on this very important piece of legislation and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. brady: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to ask that congressman sam johnson control the remaining time. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. brady: i yield to mr. johnson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas, mr. johnson, is recognized. , mr. hnson: thank you speaker.
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i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, today i rise as chairman of the ways and means subcommittee on social security in support of strengthening protections for social security beneficiaries act. my good friend from connecticut, mr. larson, and i introduced this legislation to make much-needed reforms to social security representative payee programs. congress first authorized social security to designated representative payees all the way back in 1939. the program was last updated in 2004. for those unfamiliar, social security representative payee program designates a payee to help manage the benefits of those who need assistance managing their benefits.
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and we're talking about quite a few. in fact, you may be surprised to learn that there are about eight million beneficiaries with payees. in my home state of texas, we're talking about more than 625,000 people with payees. to put a face on this program, we're talking about folks like the aging relative or the elderly neighbor next door. people you may know but didn't realize had a representative payee. with 10,000 americans retiring a day, this vitally important program is only going to grow in demand, but here's the problem. multiple reports have raised serious concerns about how social security administers
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this bram -- administrators this program. in light of this report, we held two hearings on the representative payee program last year. the first looked at how social security decides who needs a payee. the second looked at how social security selects and oversees payees. during the hearing, social security told us the greatest challenge that they face is monitoring representative payee behavior. we also learned from social security's inspector general that the social security needs to do a better job of screening payees so that only qualified people are serving as payees. and we heard from state courts that they are concerned about the lack of information sharing between social security and
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states. we can and must do better for the millions of folks who need some help managing their social security benefits. this is why i've been working with ranking member larson on the bill and we're voting on it today. this bipartisan bill does the following -- it strengthens monitoring of payees. it reduces the burden of unnecessary forms for families. it increases beneficiary protections, and it improves payee selection and quality. this commonsense legislation is supported by over 45 organizations, including aarp, the national council of social security management association, the national disability rights network, the national committee to preserve
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social security and medicare, and many others. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to insert a few of these letters of support into the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. johnson: thank you. mr. speaker, i urge all members of the house to vote yes on this. pass the strengthening protections for social security beneficiaries act today. as i've said before, this is too important not to get right. thank you, mr. speaker, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from connecticut is recognized. mr. larson: thank you, mr. speaker. may i inquire as to how many peakers on the other side? mr. johnson: mr. chairman, we have three speakers. mr. larson: we'll reserve.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. johnson: thank you. i'd like to recognize representative adrian smith of nebraska. the speaker pro tempore: for how long? how many minutes? mr. johnson: i yield two minutes to this speaker, mr. chairman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. smith: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of h.r. 4547, the strengthening protections for social security beneficiaries act. this bill is important to two program areas under the jurisdiction of the human resources subcommittee which i chair. supplemental security income and child welfare. thank you to chairman johnson and ranking member larson for their work on this bill and for including supplemental security income recipients. all individuals receiving benefits through the social security administration deserve to be protected, especially those who need the assistance of a representative payee to manage their finances. i would specifically like to
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highlight the important changes this bill would make for children involved with the foster care system, another vulnerable population in need of protection. h.r. 4547 requires the social security administration, or s.s.a., to enter into monthly data exchanges with state foster care programs to identify when a child receiving social security benefits has entered or exited foster care or changed foster care placement. when a change occurs, s.s.a. will now be required to redetermine the appropriate representative payee to ensure social security benefits follow he child. the g.a.o. will produce a report on foster care and the representative payees to identify whether additional changes are needed. h.r. 4547, also clarifies liability for overpayments when a child is in foster care. in cases where social security
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beneficiary or supplemental security income recipient is overpaid while in foster care and the state foster care agency is the payey, the recipient would not be liable for the overpayment. instead, the state foster care agency would be required to repay s.s.a. foster youth exiting the system have enough challenges and paying back an overpayment should not have been one of them. i'm proud to co-sponsor this legislation and i encourage my colleagues to support its passage. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. johnson: i would like to curbelo for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman is recognized. mr. curbelo: i'm proud to be a co-spores son of h.r. 4547. as a member of the ways and means committee, i have the opportunity to engage in this issue during hearings the committee held last year. i recognize the need for reform of the representative payey program in order to improve its integrity and ensure that beneficiaries are getting the assistance they need. the representative payey program helps 8 million manage their benefits. h.r. 4547 offers several reforms that will improve the program and it will help bishquears, particularly those in foster care while allowing for enhanced information sharing. this will ensure children in foster care have the appropriate representative payey if there is a change in placement. the bill improves oversight by
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requiring state protection programs to conduct resues of payey performance. mr. speaker, many social security payees need assistance. i appreciate the work the subcommittee has done to improve social security payees' program and i encourage my colleagues to vote in favor of h.r. 4547. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. does the gentleman continue to reserve? mr. larson: yes. mr. johnson: mr. speaker, i would like to yield three minutes to representative ron estes from kansas. mr. estes: thank you, mr. speaker and thank you mr. chairman. americans charged with managing social security struggle to make the system work. i have heard stories of the burdensome process that can be
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involved with the representative payey program. that's why i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 4547 the strengthening protections for social security beneficiaries act of 2018. this important bipartisan piece of legislation reduces the burdens on families by eliminating the requirement to file a form for spouse is and parents who live with their children. the bill protects the most vulnerable beneficiaries through improved information sharing between the social security administration and their respective states' adult protective service in kansas. this will identify whether a beneficiary is in the foster care and reassess if it is appropriate and ensure the beneficiaries are provided for. the social security administration has a great responsibility to ensure that americans who need help managing their social security benefits get that help. i would like to thank chairman
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johnson and ranking member larson that will strengthen the program so it better protects beneficiaries and reduces burdensome paperwork that provides little value to families. they are counting on the social security administration to get this right. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. johnson: mr. speaker, i reserve. we have no other speakers. do you have -- mr. larson: i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from connecticut is recognized. mr. larson: i yield myself such time as i may consume and i want to thank the distinguished chairman from texas for the very bipartisan nature of which this bill has come together and that doesn't happen by accident, it happens because of the hard bipartisan work across the aisle
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of the staffs that we work so closely with. to lso meant that we wanted , cognize the amy, laura, matt anna. and from my staff, katherine, and the rna, joe irreplaceable sylvia lee from my office. it is an honor and pleasure to work with mr. johnson. he is first and foremost a gentleman. i look forward later in this year to traveling to plano, texas, where i hope, we can have a hearing on social security in general. mr. johnson has a bill and i have a bill that both have the
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same goals in mind and where there may be different approaches, i know his great bipartisan spirit and his gentlemanly nature will provide the kind of debate and dialogue that is necessary around an issue that is so vitally important to all americans as social security. this is america's greatest program. and one that has never missed a payment and is often confused that it is an entitlement but the insurance that people have paid for and richly deserve. it hasn't been changed or modified significantly since ronald reagan and tip sat down and did that back in the early 1980's. it is long overdue and what better person who has the values and virtues of ronald reagan and who comes from texas and has a
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heart as big as that great state, i know we will be able to come resolution about this very important that we face. mr. speaker, i close by saying that it's not often or perhaps more often than people would surmise that we see this bipartisan cooperation. but it was hubert humphrey who said the ultimate moral test of any government is the way it treats those in the dawn of life, the children, those in the twilight of life, the elderly and those in the shadows of life, the sick, needy and handicapped. what mr. johnson has done today is epitomize those very comments of then vice president humphrey and the congress is responding. i encourage everyone to vote yes on h.r. 4547, the strengthening
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protections for social security beneficiaries act. and mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. johnson: thank you, mr. chairman, and thank you, mr. larson. you know, without agreement from both sides, you can't get anything done. and without mr. larson, i think we would have been in deep serious end ways in social security. but he and i think alike. we're for the people. and everything we do is trying to improve the system over what it is today. and i thank you for your help. mr. speaker, i urge all members of the house to vote yes and pass the strengthening protections for social security beneficiaries act today. so that the senate can take
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action soon and that the president can sign it into law without delay. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4547. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended -- mr. larson: i ask for the yeas and nays on this. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman asks for the yeas and nays. the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? mr. gosar: i move to suspend the 71.s and pass h.r. 2
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the clerk: h.r. 2371, a bill to require the administrator of the western area power administration to establish a pilot project to provide increased transparency for customers and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from arizona, mr. gosar and the gentlewoman from waii, ms. hanabusa will each control 20 minutes. mr. gosar: i ask unanimous consent that members may have five legislative days to revise and extend tear remarks and include extraneous material under consideration. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the western area power administration transparency act. this bipartisan bill simply requires the western power administration to establish a pilot project to allow for a more detailed understanding of how it uses taxpayer and ratepayer dollars. his is as a result of calls to
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wapa customers. .r. 2371 refires wapa to develop a publicity-available website that contains a detailed accounting of its rates, expenditures and staffing. since cost increases are borne by its cuss mers, it needs to be more transparent. that is exactly what this bill seeks to achieve. h.r. 2371 will increase transparency and afford ratepayers with the necessary information to positively engage with wapa without its separation and spending decisions. i urge adoption of the measure and reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from hawaii is recognized. ms. hanabusa: i yield myself such time as i may consume. h.r. 2371, the western area power administration
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transparency act will help foster greater transparency and promote public confidence in the western area power administration, also called wapa. it is an important federal agency that develops power to 40 million americans across 15 states. this bill would establish a seven-year pilot project requiring them to publish information online. the legislation would also require wapa to publish a detailed accounting of all expenditures, capital costs and staffing costs by region at its head quarter office. finally, the legislation directs wapa to publish information on the amount of unobligated balances the agency retains each year. for these reasons, mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to support the bill. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. gosar: i have no further speakers. and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from hawaii is recognized. ms. hanabusa: again, for the reasons stated, before i urge my colleagues to support this bill, and with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields. mr. gosar: h.r. 2371 will afford ratepayers with the necessary information to positively engage wmp apa about its operations and spending decisions. imagine that, getting back to what customers want. and i urge adoption of the measure. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2371. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/ those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair -- the gentleman from arizona.
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mr. gosar: i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and i make a point of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this otion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? mr. gosar: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and to pass h.r. 2888. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: ukko-pekka number 405. -- union calendar number 405, h.r. 2888, a bill to establish requirements for use of a drivers license or personal identification card by certain financial institutions for opening an account or obtaining a financial product or service, and for other purposes, as amended. -- a bill to establish the ste. genevieve national historic site in the state of missouri, for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from arizona, mr. gosar, and the gentlelady from awaii, ms. hanabusa, each will
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control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from arizona. mr. gosar: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to include any extraneous material. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. gosar: this bill, sponsored by representative jason smith of missouri, would establish the ste. genevieve national historical park in the city of ste. genevieve, missouri. it would require the secretary of interior to -- founded around 1750 by french canadian settlers, ste. genevieve was missouri's first settlement. settlers from present day illinois crossed the mississippi river, attracted by the rich soil in the area. after several floods in 1785, the town was moved three miles inland where it still exists today, retaining many of its historical buildings, landscapes and community characteristics. ste. genevieve is one of the oldest national historic landmark districts in the country with a portion of the landmark designated in 1960. it is famous for the use of french vertical log
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architecture. in 2009, congress authorized the national park service study of the area which concluded that the ste. genevieve historical district is nationally significant and suitable for direct national park service management. there's widespread local support for the establishment of a historical park, including the city, county, commission, and chamber of commerce. ste. genevieve is an important part of our nation's compassion and agriculture history. i urge the adoption of the measure and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona reserves. the gentlelady from hawaii is recognized. ms. hanabusa: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. hanabusa: thank you, mr. speaker. h.r. 2888 establishes the ste. genevieve national historical park in the state of missouri. ste. genevieve, missouri, is a small town on the banks of the mississippi river that was established by french settlers in the mid 18th century. due to its unique collection of
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french vertical log architecture, the town was designated as one of the nation's first national historic landmarks in 1960. in 2016, the national park service completed the special resource study and determined that the area exemplifies an important part of american history not adequately represented and protected elsewhere. therefore, meeting the suitability criteria for inclusion in the national park system, this site went through the process and has fulfilled all the criteria for becoming a new unit of the national park system. i urge my colleagues to support this bill, and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. gosar: mr. speaker, i yield three minutes to the gentleman, the original sponsor of this bill, from missouri, mr. smith. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. smith: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to be here today to speak on behalf of this bill. the ste. genevieve national
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historic park establishment act, and on behalf of the county of ste. genevieve. ste. genevieve, missouri, is home to one of the largest collections of french colonial architecture in the united states and is one of the oldest colonial settlements west of the mississippi river back to the early 1700's. for years the community of ste. genevieve has celebrated its history and unique culture through unique festivals and events. over time the federal government has begun to catch on. one of the homes is a national historic landmark. several other homes ron the is onal register of hiss -- on the national register of historic monuments. in may of 2016, the national park service concluded and released a final special resource study and environmental assessment for comben gwen. this study was -- for ste. genevieve. this study was passed over 10
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years previously which tasked the park service for determining whether or not the resources at ste. genevieve met the criteria for inclusion in the national park system. happily, the park service study concluded what the people of ste. genevieve already knew -- that ste. genevieve's large and unique collection of vertical log houses rises to national significance. the study determined that certain areas are suitable for the direct park service management. my bill is very straightforward. it establishes the ste. genevieve national historic park as a unit of the national park system. it sets the boundaries of the park as depicted on the map laid out by the park service and gives the secretary of the interior certain authorities within the boundary of the -- boundaries of the historic park or any nationally significant property identified in the special resource study. in order for the resources of ste. genevieve to be properly preserved, park service management is necessary. the work of local nonprofits, the city of ste. genevieve, and the state of missouri to manage
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preserve and showcase these historic structures cannot be understated. however, there are still unmet needs for resources, protection, and interpretation and the community looks forward to working with the park service to increase tourism in the area as well as properly preserve and study the town's resources. once again, i want to highlight and thank the community of ste. genevieve for their strong support of this bill and i urge the body to swiftly pass my bill and move to one step closer to the president's desk. thank you and i yield back. mr. gosar: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona reserves. the gentlelady from hawaii is recognized. ms. hanabusa: mr. speaker, may i inquire if there are other speakers? mr. gosar: mr. speaker, we have no other speakers. the speaker pro tempore: no other. ms. hanabusa: then, mr. speaker, i will close. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to support this bill, and i would like to point out something that we do not normally see in the public land subcommittee of natural resources and that is the people of ste. genevieve feel so strongly in what they do
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that they actually came to support those testifying in time-sensitive address. so as we look at the various photographs what they do to preserve their town, they were there before us in those same costumes. this is how serious the people of ste. genevieve is for the preservation of their site. for those reasons, mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to please support this bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. gosar: mr. speaker, it is obvious that ste. genevieve is an important part of our nation's expansion and agriculture history and merits becoming a unit of the national park. i recommend all vote for it, and with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2888. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no.
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in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? mr. gosar: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass senate bill 1438. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 1438, an act to redesignate the jefferson national expansion memorial in the state of missouri as the gateway arch national park. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from arizona, mr. gosar, and the gentlewoman from hawaii, ms. hanabusa, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from arizona. mr. gosar: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. without objection. mr. gosar: i yield myself such time as i may consume. towering 630 feet above the
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banks of the mississippi river, gateway arch has for 50 years commemorated both thomas jefferson's vision of expansion and america's enduring spirit of discovery. clad entirely in stainless steel, the arch is the tallest man-made monument in the country and uniquely features two custom trams on either side which shuttle thousands of guests a year to a viewing deck at the apex. the gateway arch national park designation act would redesignate the jefferson national expansion memorial in st. louis, missouri, as the gateway arch national park. the park would include not only the rch but a museum and old st. louis courthouse, the site of the dread scott trial. people have been visiting the monument and surrounding uildings in -- since 1965. this would make the gateway park america's 60th national park and allow the national
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park service to ensure the site will be ready for a planned fourth of july celebration this very year. i urge adoption of the measure and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from hawaii is recognized. ms. hanabusa: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. hanabusa: thank you, mr. speaker. this bill redesignates the jefferson national expansion memorial as the gateway arch national park. the gateway arch has become synonymous with the st. louis skyline and this is an important change that gives this national icon an updated and recognizable name. senate bill 1438 passed the senate by voice vote, so with our support today, we will be sending it to the white house for the president to sign. i want to congratulate the missouri delegation for coming together in a bipartisan fashion and working so hard to move this through the legislative process. the house version of this bill was introduced by
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representative lacy clay. unfortunately, he was not able to be here this afternoon but he deserves a hearty congratulations for his work on this initiative. i urge a yes vote on this bill and reserve the balance of my time, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. gosar: mr. speaker, i yield three minutes to the gentlewoman from missouri, mrs. wagner. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. wagner: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the chairman and ranking member for their support. mr. speaker, today i rise in support of senate bill 1438, the gateway arch national park designation act. and i would like to start by thanking senator blunt and congressman clay for their leadership on this issue. renaming the arch and the area surrounding it will finally make its name consistent with how people from around the world identify it and our city. we are indeed the gateway to the west. in 1935, the jefferson national expansion memorial was created
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as a unit of the national park service, and today it includes a museum, the old st. louis courthouse, and the gateway arch national monument. it was built to honor the role that president thomas jefferson played in opening the american west and the settlers who followed the footsteps of the louis and clark and their core of discovery. in addition, it encompasses the old st. louis courthouse where dread scott filed suit seeking his freedom, furthering to fight to ensure all men are indeed created equally. it was also the site where in 1872 virginia miners asserted that women were citizens of the united states and, therefore, were entitled to vote. the gateway arch itself is the largest man made monument in the united states of america and has been welcoming visitors to the banks of the mississippi river since its construction in 1965. when people come to visit the
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gateway arch national park, the me will now reflect the arch but it will stand for so much more. visitors will see how st. louis embodies its gateway to the west. explorers, civil rights leaders and many more have passed through our city and found promise in what lies ahead. there is the spirit our city embodies and the name our national park will now match what is at the heart of our culture. i thank you and i yield back. mr. gosar: mr. speaker, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from hawaii is recognized. ms. hanabusa: mr. speaker, may i inquire as to any other speakers? mr. gosar: i have no other speakers. ms. hanabusa: mr. speaker, i will close. mr. speaker, i want to congratulate the missouri delegation for coming together in a bipartisan fashion and working so hard to move this legislation forward. we are going to -- passage of
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this legislation gives this very national icon an updated and recognizable name, as it has always represented, really, when you think about it, the skyline of st. louis. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back and ask that my colleagues support this great piece of legislation. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. r. gosar: mr. speaker, it is gateway national park has support from everybody. ateway to the west that we are uizing. and i relinkish the rest of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass senate 1438. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair --
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mr. gosar: i object to the vote on a the grounds that a quorum is not present and i make a point of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: 2/3 of the chair being in the the gentleman rom arizona. pursuant to clause 8, rule 20, further votes on this motion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? mr. gosar: i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2504. the clerk: h.r. 2504, a bill to ensure fair streement and licensing requirements for the port of certain akineo dermings. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona and the gentlewoman from hawaii each
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will control 20 minutes. mr. gosar: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. gosar: i yield myself such time as i may recognize. r. 2504 introduced by my colleagues is a bipartisan effort to right a bipartisan wrong. in regulations and carried on by administrations since, the u.s. fish and wildlife service has imposed fees and costly inspection requirements on what was a growing market. even the national marine fishery service disagrees with the sister agency on this matter. the stories of spoiled food shipments, loss of jobs embody the arrow gans of an agency gone
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wild. this bill preserves and promotes jobs. at this point, i would like to enter into the record an exchange of letters with the chairman of the foreign affairs committee. we thank him for allowing this bill to go forward today. again, i commend our two main colleagues for working on on a bipartisan basis. i urge adoption of this commonsense measure. and i reserve the speaker pro tempore:. the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. ms. hanabusa: i yield to the gentlelady from maine. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. pingree: thank you to my colleague, i rise today as well in support of h.r. 2504, a bill that will end the process of duplicative export. this is the second time that the house has considered this legislation in recent years and
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i thank chairman bishop and representative lamborn and ranking member grijalva in bringing this bill to the floor today. i thank mr. gosar for being here to speak in favor of this bill today. also, in the bipartisan effort that we're making here today, i recognize my colleague from maine, mr. poliquin, who knows the importance of this issue and is an original co-sponsor of this bill both in this congress and the last. i think it's important to explain to the members today about why this bill is important and especially critical to our industry. a ump chin the industry business in over $5.4 million to our state every year and supports 600 jobs which includes harvest terse of the species. we have businesses that process
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well as those imported from chile. this ends a can duplicative inspection of exported product that is unnecessary and costly. imports from other countries to be processed are inspected when they get to the united states. this scrutiny is necessary to ensure the integrity of the imported products. however, in recent years, the fish and wildlife services has inspected the products again. usually in new york or new jersey. this occurs before they are going to asian japan. i spent the past few years working with my colleagues to understand the impact of this policy on small businesses in our state and others where they are harvested. i believe these extra inspections are unnecessary.
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there is no reason why sea urchins should be treated than shellfish which have been exempted. this process leads to costly delays and lost product. as they may sit in hot warehouses waiting for days. at times the office closes when a shipment arrives for inspection. the product must sit there because of bad timing. the fish and wildlife service has worked with my office to try and find solutions and i know they tried to work with us on particular problems and trouble spots but the continual delays despite of their best efforts and harvest terse means to get rid of this duplicative inspection. this is what this bill will do, which is a commonsense bill while ensuring that the fish and wildlife service can continue to do their work and their jobs on other important issues affecting
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our coast and coastal communities. urchin ut our sea businesses on equal footing with our partners who do not have this extra scrutiny and help the hardworking men and women to dedicate their time and efforts to that fishery, not to the bureaucracy. i urge my colleagues to support this bill as we did in the past congress, and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentlelady from hawaii reserve? ms. hanabusa: yes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona. mr. gosar: i yield three minutes to the gentleman from maine, mr. poliquin. mr. poliquin: thank you very much for this opportunity. i would like to salute representative opinion agree, my co-sponsor on this bill and salute her for the great work
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she has done. i'll tell you that the job of government, mr. speaker, is to help our families. it's to help our small businesses such that the kids in maine can stay in our state such they can raise their families and have a wonderful life, the best part of the world is in the state of maine. ms. pingree represents the southern part of our coast, the southern half. i represent the downeast part of our coast up to eastport. in the downeat east part of our coast, we dive for these sea cucumbers. these are little critters that are in the far east. we may not eat them here in washington. and in shelley's district, they process these critters. now this is very dangerous work, mr. speaker. the folks that harvest these products strap on tanks and go
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into deep, dark cold waters off the coast of maine and doing a great job getting this product to market. now this product is incredibly perishable. so it is very important to get them from the bottom of the sea floor in coastal maine on to their boats, down to portland where they are processed and on to a truck to j.f.k. and get them to the far east and sell as many as humanly possible. as ms. ping agree said we already inspect this delicacy in maine. we do not need a second set of regulations that inspect them down in new york and god forbid it is on a holiday. what happens in this very perishable product and sits in a warehouse where it is exposed to things that would cause them to go bad. we need to do commonsense maine
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stuff here, which is to eliminate overregulation. we already inspect these products in maine and don't need to do it down on a tarmac in new york and i encourage, republicans and democrats to work the way we have on this in a bipartisan manner to make sure our families in maine have an opportunity to dive for sea cucumbers and get them to market as quickly as possible. i thank the chairman for giving me the time to speak on this and i thank my colleague and appreciate moving this through to the floor here and we hope we have a unanimous vote on this, because it is commonsense maine and right thing to do. i appreciate your work on this. he mr. gosar: i reserve. but we have no further speakers.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from hawaii is recognized. ms. hanabusa: did i hear that they had no further speakers? i would like to close, then. mr. speaker, i can make this even more real for people. hawaii, as you know, my home state is very close to asia. we have many of the food of asian i can tell you that these are delicacies. and sea cucumbers -- i grew up eating both. and they are very critical in a major part of what we consume especially, not only in the sushi bars but on festive holidays. you can understand what it means as an export industry for me not only to my home state but also to the asian markets. for that reason, mr. speaker, i
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join the sponsors of this bill and ask that my colleagues support this. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from hawaii yields. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. gosar: i want to compliment the two folks -- representatives of maine. they gave us a hands-on opportunity in our hearing. it doesn't get better than that. and i want to comply meant them for both. i ask my colleagues to vote and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2504. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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ms. ros-lehtinen: i ask unanimous consent that when the house adjourns today it adjourn to meet at 9:00 a.m. for morning hour debate and 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? ms. ros-lehtinen: mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2646, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2646, a bill to re-authorize the united states-jordan defense cooperation act of 2015, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen, and the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. boyle, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from florida. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to include extraneous material on this measure. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank chairman royce and ranking member engel for
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their support for this measure and for their leadership in elping to bring h.r. 2646, the united states-jordan defense cooperation extension act, to the floor today. i also want to thank my friends and colleagues, nita lowey, ted deutch, hal rogers and adam schiff, for joining me in introducing this bill. this is a strong bipartisan bill that underscores the importance of the hashemite kingdom of jordan in helping both of our nations work toward achieving shared goals of security and stability in the middle east. it acknowledges that we have -- what we have all known for many years and that is that his majesty and the kingdom are indispensible allies in the fight against radicalism and terror in the region. jordan and its military have played important roles in many operations r-isis
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and jordan has served as a force multiplier and has allowed the coalition to make all the positive gains we have made over the past year or so. but that would have not have been possible without a robust foreign military financing, f.m.f. program, that we have in place in jordan and that is why in 2015, mr. speaker, i introduced and the president signed in 2016 the u.s.-jordan defense cooperation act. this bill authorized the administration to enter into an m.o.u., a memorandum of understanding, with jordan. why? to increase our military cooperation with jordan and to provide the kingdom with increased f.m.f. assistance. it also allowed jordan to be included in a list of close and trusted allies that are
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eligible for streamlined and expeediated defense sales. why is that important? because jordan is on the front lines in the fight against terror, and we rely heavily on jordan's cooperation. that bill also authorized the administration to increase our economic support for the kingdom. we recognize the great contributions that jordan has made in response to the syrian refugee crisis. since the assad regime began its campaign of destruction, murdering over half a million people in the process, millions of syrians have fled their war-torn nation. hundreds of thousands, if not over a million syrians have crossed into the border into jordan seeking refuge from the fighting. for a country of just a few million in population, an influx of this magnitude would
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strain the government's already limited resources. yet, jordan recognized the need to provide refuge to those fleeing the murderous assad regime and its cronies, the putin regime, and iran and its proxy, the terror group hezbollah. and we in return recognized the strategic importance of jordan's security and stability and that is why we must ensure that the kingdom does indeed have the resources it needs, both in the fight against terror, but also in support of the larger refugee population. that memorandum of understanding was signed three years ago this week and it ran through fiscal year 2017. unfortunately, mr. speaker, jordan's current and future security and stability are far from guaranteed. most of the refugees remain and despite having made great progress in defeating isis, the terror threat is far from being eliminated.
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that is why i authored this bill before us today, along with this bipartisan coalition of colleagues, to extend the provisions of the original u.s.-jordan defense cooperation act, for another five-year period through 2022. we need to enhance jordan's military capacity and its local economy significantly and it is my hope that our two governments will soon enter into renewed m.o.u., memorandum of understanding, at an increased level that meets the needs of the kingdom. in addition to extending the provisions of the defense cooperation act, this bill provides for the establishment of a jordanian enterprise fund, an enterprise fund would attract private investment and help entrepreneurs and small businesses create jobs in a way that would foster sustainable economic development in jordan for the long term and in a
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self-sustaining fashion. mr. speaker, jordan's security, jordan's stability, they are both vital, not just for our ally, but they're vital for the region and for our own national security interests. so it is vital that we send a strong message, a bipartisan message of support. i ask my colleagues support this legislation, and i yield the remainder of my time to the gentleman from california, our esteemed chairman, chairman royce, and ask unanimous consent that he be allowed to control that time. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from california will control the time. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. boyle: the gentleman from the super bowl city of philadelphia, mr. speaker, thank you, and i thank my colleague from the foreign affairs committee, congresswoman ros-lehtinen, as well as my colleague, the
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ranking member of the middle east subcommittee, ted deutch, for their work on this important piece of legislation. the united states-jordan defense cooperation extension act would ensure jordan's continued eligibility for more streamline process for accessing defense articles, acknowledging the very difficult challenges that jordan faces from extremist organizations, both within jordan and on its borders. the legislation supports a new memorandum of understanding to enhance jordan's military capacity and economic growth and it authorizes an enterprise fund that would invest in jordan's economy. i am glad that this bill reflects our comprehensive relationship with iman, so .ital at this point this helps to homes of iraqi, syrian and palestinian refugees. i would like to note the important work jordan does in
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facile stating cross-border -- in facilitating cross-border assistance. jordan plays a critical control in the israeli-palestinian peace process, and i hope that jordan and israel are able to soon return to the normal level of diplomatic cooperation. the bottom line is this -- it is in our national security interest to work with jordan on the security threats facing the region as well as opportunities for economic growth within jordan and this bill will help advance both of those goals. i urge my colleagues to support it, and i reserve the balance of my time. . the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. royce: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. royce: thank you, mr. speaker. we're here really to reaffirm a very important commitment that we have to one of our closest partners in the middle east and that's jordan. and i think all of us agree that over the generations, it has been astounding the way jordan
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, always offered safe haven refuge through the generations to others. now this bill gives us an opportunity to continue that close working relationship that we have with jordan. because, as we know, jordan is locked, has been locked in a struggle with isis, daiish as they call it in that part of the world. and they've been involved on the battlefield, and this bill addresses both the military and economic elements really of the close relationship we have with jordan. as they valiantly fight isis, jordanians have struggled to absorb most recently more than one million syrian refugees. and they're doing this obviously while coping with a tough
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economy, with an overburdened infrastructure, with high unemployment for their youth. i've been to some of the schools in jordan to see the jordanians as they once again reach out a hand of friendship to help those who are in this predicament. and although jordan has successfully worked with the millennium challenge corporation and the world bank to address some of the economic challenges, it really has not been enough to create the level of vital economic growth needed in the circumstances that jordan is in. economic opportunity and prosperity in jordan are one element of our bulwark against extremist groups, against the ranian regime, the irgc, who seek to spread chaos and destruction.
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and as isis seeks to spread death. and in addition to supporting existing efforts, including regional water and energy projects that will bring needed resources, will bring increased cooperation between neighbors, this bill calls for the establishment of an enterprise fund for jordan. now, this is a measure previously authorized, previously funded by this body. and this fund will help create economic opportunity through private-public partnership. through investments in small and medium enterprises. and it will also create market development in jordan. although not a family measure to many, enterprise -- familiar measure to many, enterprise vubbleds -- funds have already been very successful in tunisia and we've seen that, we've seen that success. so i'll reserve the balance of my time. but i want to thank our colleagues for their support for this measure, for our ally and friend, jordan. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. boyle: mr. speaker, we have no speakers on our side so i will reserve. mr. royce: i'll reserve the right to close, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. boyle: i thank you. i wasn't sure if there were any speakers on the other side. -- mr. speaker, i'm going to go ahead and close now and just reiterate what i said earlier. this is such important legislation -- legislation. and really achieves both goals on the security front, as well as the economic front. i urge its adoption. and i'm happy to yield the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. royce: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. royce: in closing, i'd like to thank my colleagues. i'd like to thank the ranking member of the foreign affairs committee, mr. engel, but i'd also like to thank mr. eagle
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over there, brendan boyle. and i would like to thank ileana ros-lehtinen as well. jordan, of course, is a key partner in our struggle against isis. and against the iranian revolutionary guard corps. and other destabilizing actors in the middle east. and this bill supports our joint efforts on the battlefield and will help jordan achieve much-needed economic growth. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and once again extend the arm of friendship to our closest partner, jordan. i would d back and ike to ask unanimous consent that mr. boyle be allowed to reclaim his unused time. mr. boyle: thank you. i thank the chairman. we have one of the two main sponsors for the bill who has just joined us and wants the opportunity to speak and so we'll go ahead and yield to the
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gentleman from florida, mr. deutch. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. deutch: thank you mr. speaker,. i thank my friend from pennsylvania. and i greatly appreciate the chairman for yielding back some time. i want to thank chairman ros-lehtinen for her tremendous leadership in helping advance h.r. 2646, the united states -jordan defense cooperation extension act. this bill is important because our partnership with jordan is important. and i want to quickly explain why my constituents back home believe that this is important. those good news headlines that we've read about u.s. military success against isis are in part thanks to jordan. jordan's a key partner in the international coalition to defeat isis and has flown air strikes right alongside us. just last week the u.s. finished delivery of blackhawk helicopters to amman that are used to take terrorists off the battlefield, helping to keep our nations, both of our nations, safer. the bill before us today ensures that jordan continues to get
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this critical military assistance, but it does more than that. it also ensures that jordan gets the economic support it needs to care for over a million syrian refugees now living in jordan as a result of the war next door. this influx has take an huge toll on jordan's resources. today we are helping ease that burden with emergency services, education, and access to clean water. in fact, chairman ros-lehtinen and i had an opportunity just a few years ago to see firsthand a usaid project or waste water treatment facility that today is providing access to clean water for millions of jordanians. this is the right thing to do. both for american strategic interests, and for american values. jordan's stability is vital to regional stability. our commitment to an enduring strategic partnership with jordan is critical to our mission of defeating isis, caring for the victims of war, and pursuing end of conflict agreements throughout the middle east. so i want to again thank my colleagues for their bipartisan support of this piece of legislation.
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i urge all of us to vote for h.r. 2646. again, i thank my friend from pennsylvania and i yield back. mr. boyle: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. royce: i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 2646. as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid n the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. royce: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1997 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1997, a bill to
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encourage united states-ukraine cybersecurity cooperation and require a report regarding such cooperation and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. royce, and the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. boyle, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. royce: i'm going to ask unanimous consent, mr. speaker, that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to include any extraneous material in the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. royce: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. royce: mr. speaker, we're here to talk about ukraine and e u.s.-ukraine cyber cooperation. the ukraine, of course, is on the front lines of digital combat. ed a we've learned -- as we've learned. few countries have endured as great a level of cyberinfration -- cyber invasion and aggression
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as has ukraine, at the hands of russia. and at the hands of other malicious actors as well. i led a delegation of four democrats and four republicans into the east. and we had an opportunity to hear about what is being done to try to tear that country apart. this is in addition to the invasion in the east. the occupation of the east. this is the farthest east one .an go in ukraine today and you can see the struggle that everyday people are having with the disinformation campaign launched against them relentlessly. as their president stated, cyberspace has turned into another battlefield for state independence. and that is so true for ukraine.
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in their struggle to defend their independence, and their territorial integrity from russian aggression, extends far beyond the armed conflict of the occupation of its territory. in 2014 hackers targeted ukraine's electoral infrastructure just days before the presidential election. the following year a malicious cyber intrusion shut down the country's electric grid, turning off the lights. turning off the heat in the dead of winter. ukraine's critical infrastructure, including its national railway system, its major stock exchanges, its busiest airport, have been repeatedly targeted by sophisticated cyber attacks. and most of these continuing assaults have been identified by experts as russian in origin. by working with the government in kiev, we can better prepare
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ourselves, as well as our friends in partner countries, against similar aggression. including combating russian disinformation efforts that rely avily on disseminating propaganda and that propaganda poses as legitimate news. so this bill will enhance our cooperation with ukraine in addressing shared cyber challenges, including cybercrime and the protection of critical frals. modern society requires -- infrastructure. modern society requires an internet worldwide that is open, that is reliable, that is secure, which can only be ensured if all those who seek to preserve it join forces to defeat those who wish to destroy it. so i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. boyle: thank you, mr.
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speaker. i thank you for bringing up my bipartisan bill. and i especially want to thank our chairman of our committee, mr. royce from california, for his action in moving on our bipartisan piece of legislation. mr. speaker, i believe cybersecurity is the national security challenge of our time. cyber warfare is inexpensive to carry out and easy for adversaries to hide behind, making it especially damaging, difficult to detect, and impossible for the victim to quickly respond. in a january the c.i.a. attribute -- in january the c.i.a. attributed to russian military hackers a cyberattack that crippled computers in ukraine last year. this attack wiped data from the computers of banks, energy firms, senior government officials and an airport. the virus went on to effect computer systems in denmark, india and even here in the united states. for years putin has been using ukraine as a field test for
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these cyberattacks. ukraine, after all, is on the front lines for these nation self-directed cyberattacks and they are potential harbingers of attacks on the united states. by assisting ukraine, we can learn best practices to best defend ourselves. for these reasons, i introduced h.r. 1997, my republican colleague from pennsylvania, -- with my republican colleague from pennsylvania, which encourages cooperation between the united states and our ally, ukraine, on matters of cybersecurity. and requires a report from the state department on best practices to protect ourselves to the benefit of both nations. in ukraine it's no coincidence that cyberattacks against itself increase when the ukrainian people self-organized to demand an open and democratic society in 2014, contrary to putin's interests. days before the 2014 presidential election, hackers infiltrated ukraine's central
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election commission with a series of attacks that disabled the website, in an attempt to bring distrust in the outcome of the election of the president. in december, 2015, hackers remotely shut down power at three regional electricity distribution companies, creating a power outage affecting more than 200,000 people. . we can imagine what it must feel like losing electricity and heat during the winter in ukraine. cyberattacks unfortunately have continued since. ukraine's next presidential election is just next year. our own elections are right around the corner, later this year, and, of course, presidential election in 2020. so both the united states and ukraine have clear interests in strengthening our cyber defenses. moreover, our cooperation toward this goal will send a strong and important signal of western support for ukraine at a time when it is literally
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fighting to protect its own democracy. we must stand strong with the people of ukraine and our nato allies and come together in furtherance of our cybersecurity defenses. this bill is the first step to do just that and it is obviously very timely. i thank chairman royce, again, as well as ranking member engel for their hard work and support for this bill and i urge all my colleagues to support it. it is time we address this vital issue. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. royce: i yield three minutes to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. brian fitzpatrick, an esteemed member of the committee on foreign affairs and besides brendan boyle here, another big philly eagles fan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. fitzpatrick: thank you, mr. chairman. mr. chairman, thank you for all the work you do in this committee. thank you for bringing this bill to the floor.
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to my colleague, mr. boyle, thank you for your work on this legislation. mr. speaker, i rise today to voice my full support for h.r. 1997, the u.s.-ukraine cybersecurity cooperation act. during my career as an f.b.i. agent i was assigned to the u.s. embassy in kiev, ukraine, where i worked closely with our ukrainian counterparts on a whole host of issues to include cybersecurity. mr. speaker, one thing is clear, we must strengthen our relationship with ukraine wherever possible and whatever means possible. they have acted as a steadfast ally to the united states against a hostile russia. further, there should be no doubt that cybersecurity and cyber warfare are the rising threats of our time. we have seen plenty of occasions where bad actors, state sponsored or otherwise, have executed cyber attacks against government entities, the very institutions upon which our nation was founded. these attacks will only continue to increase, both in
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sophistication and frequency as we continue into the 21st century. mr. speaker, i strongly urge my colleagues, democrat and republican alike, to support this crucial and necessary piece of legislation, both for the united states and ukraine and all our allies. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman from california reserve? mr. royce: i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. boyle: thank you, mr. speaker. i now yield two minutes to the gentleman from florida, someone who grew up a strong philadelphia sports fan, mr. deutch. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. deutch: i thank my friend from the philadelphia area who has introduced this important piece of legislation. mr. fitzpatrick, another fine representative from the philadelphia sports-loving area, which gives me the opportunity on the house floor to claim my pennsylvania roots and to congratulate the philadelphia eagles.
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ok. i rise in support of the u.s.-ukraine cybersecurity cooperation act, introduced by mr. boyle and mr. fitzpatrick. and i thank chairman royce for his leadership, his ongoing leadership on this issue. the director of the c.i.a., mike pompeo, said last week he has ever expectation that russia will again try to meddle in our elections. that should concern us. it should also concern us that the president has decided to ignore congress and not impose sanctions against russia, but russia's attacks on the united states follow the playbook they have used in their own region, most recently against ukraine. in addition to rampant political interference, russia has launched numerous cybersecurities on ukraine, knocking out its electrical grids in massive attacks. those capabilities could one day be used against us here at home. that's why the u.s.-ukraine cybersecurity cooperation act is so important.
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the united states has an interest both in defending ukraine from russian aggression and in securing our own defenses. helping ukraine actually teaches us best practices for hardening our own defenses against potential russian attacks on our critical infrastructure. that's why i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 1997, the u.s.-ukraine cybersecurity cooperation act, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman from pennsylvania reserve? mr. boyle:-to reserve, -- continue to reserve, yes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. royce: i'll continue to reserve. i have no further speakers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. boyle: i will close and allow me to say one thing that strikes me and saddens me when i hold town halls or meeting with constituent groups. usually some variation of this comment will be made. why don't you guys get along?
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why don't you do something? and actually i then tell them about our work on the foreign affairs committee and i tell them that under the leadership of ed royce and eliot engel as well as the other members of the committee from both sides of the aisle, a lot of work does get done and a real spirit of cooperation prevails in our committee meetings. and i think this piece of legislation is an example of that. this is an important issue. we are standing up for ukraine, but as i mentioned earlier, we're also doing what is clearly in the best interest of the united states. so i urge at the risk of sounding modest, i urge passage of my legislation, legislation that i've worked on very hard with brian fitzpatrick, and with that i'll yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. royce: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized.
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mr. royce: well, in closing, i would like to also recognize and thank my colleagues, especially mr. boyle and mr. fitzpatrick, one democrat and one republican, both from philadelphia, the sponsors of this bipartisan legislation. i want to thank you, mr. boyle, for your work on this important bill, because i think the threat to ukraine in cyberspace is not isolated, it shouldn't be ignored. and i think when we talk to the researchers, they've warned that the attacks on ukraine by state and by nonstate actors might be a test run, might be a test run for even larger attacks in the future on the united states, additional attacks, and on our nato allies additional attacks. and while we must bolster our own capabilities, we should also cooperate with our friends and partners such as ukraine because we got to be sharing
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best practices. we got to improve joint capabilities. we got to provide that mutual assistance to prevent and mitigate and respond to those international cyberattacks. this legislation will enhance that effort and in so doing it's going to strengthen our ability to protect our own country from those who seek to do us harm. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1997, as amended. hose in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- mr. royce: i object -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california. mr. royce: mr. speaker, i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present pourdpourd. -- and i make a point of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, on which further
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proceedings were postponed and pursuant to -- clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this most will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. royce: i move the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 851. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill? will the gentleman call up the bill, as amended? mr. royce: as amended. quite right, mr. speaker, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3851, a bill to amend the state department basic authorities act of 1956 to provide for rewards for the arrest or conviction of certain foreign nationals who have committed genocide or war rimes, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. royce, and the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. boyle, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. royce: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks
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and to include any extraneous material for the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. royce: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. royce: mr. speaker, let me just start think thanking the gentlelady from north carolina, virginia foxx. she is very engaged on this issue, and also my ranking member on the foreign affairs committee is as well, eliot engel, and they introduced this bill together. for the last 33 years, the department of state rewards program has authorized the secretary of state to offer awards for the arrest or conviction of certain dangerous individuals. so originally drafted to be used against international terrorists, this successful program has been expanded over the years to include the use against others who threaten our safety and our security. so this now includes drug traffickers, war criminals,
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perpetrators of genocide, some of those efforts i had authored years ago. it in 2012, we expanded further to transnational organized crime. and at that time my subcommittee held a hearing where the state department testified that one captured target, a narcoterrorist, told d.e.a. agents that he could no longer trust anyone in his organization after a reward was offered on his head. hat he said was, i felt like a hunted man. exactly. exactly. that is the rationale behind that program, and that is why we expanded then with my legislation and why we expand it today with the legislation of virginia foxx and eliot engel. because our goal here is to turn the table on these
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dangerous criminals and help ensure that they have no safe haven from justice. and the bill before us today clarifies these authorities, the current statute authorized rewards for the arrest or conviction of foreign nationals for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. and many people think of those things in connection with international tribunals. but the u.s. also has domestic statutes on the books that criminalized war crimes, criminalized genocide, and this bill makes clear the state department rewards can be used in connection with the prosecution of foreign nationals in u.s. courts for those crimes as well. to make sure that inducement is there. tragically, these authorities continue to be necessary. we know continue to be important. so we live in a world where crimes against humanity are perpetrated and we have seen
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two declared genocides in as many decades. one darfur in 2004. i remember seeing firsthand a ung boy who had his hand amputated by the janjaweed and isis in 2016 and anyone can pick up our iphone and see the result of that terror. and we see tragic ethnic cleansing against the rohingya right now in burma. so, again, i want to thank congresswoman foxx and mr. engel for their work on this bill. it deserves our support, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. boyle: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of this bill and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. boyle: i'd like to recognize congresswoman virginia foxx and ranking member eliot engel, along with congressman and eye hultgren and james mcgovern -- randy
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hultgren and james mcgovern for their bipartisan work on this legislation. the war crimes rewards expansion act would clarify the war crimes rewards program. this program is an important tool for bringing to justice the perpetrators of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. under current law, the united states uses the program to pay rewards for the arrest or conviction of foreign nationals who commit some of the most heinous acts. in the past, bounties have helped find fugitives from the former yugoslavia to rwanda. the statute providing authorization for this program specifies that rewards can be paid to individuals who furnish information leading to the arrest or convictions for war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide as those terms are defined under the statutes of international tribunals. h.r. 3851 clarifies the secretary of state can also choose to pay rewards for
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arrest and convictions that take place under the laws of the united states as well as other individual countries. under certain circumstances, prosecutions will have the greatest impact when they take place in domestic courts, within the societies in which those crimes occurred. doing so can help ensure the parties understand the law, witnesses have access to the trials, and public awareness is maximized. the clarification provided in this bill would help build on the program's success, providing the state department with clear authority to use rewards for a wide range of prosecutions when appropriate. so i urge my colleagues to support this important piece of bipartisan legislation, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. royce: mr. speaker, i yield such time as she may consume to the gentlelady from north carolina, ms. virginia foxx, chairwoman of the house committee on education and the work force, and she's the author of this bill. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentlelady from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank chairman royce very much for his help on this and for yielding time. i am here to speak in support of the war crimes rewards expansion act, introduced by my good friend, eliot engel, and me. and another excellent example today of bipartisanship here in the house. as chairman royce said, this bill expands and reforms the war crimes rewards program, which provides bounties for perpetrators of the world's worst human rights abuses. the current program authorizes these rewards only for the in oses of prosecutions international tribunals. while experts can attest to the necessity of international tribunals or mixed court tribunals in limited circumstances, the program fails
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to offer the same advantages and incentives to prosecutions in national jurisdictions, using national courts. there's already broad consensus that prosecuting perpetrators of atrocities like the genocide that plagues religious minorities at happeneds of isis has the greatest impact when the prosecutions are conducted within the society in which the crimes occurred. when governments can keep these prosecutions within national jurisdictions, witnesses have easier access to courts, public awareness of these brutal atrocities is maximized, and parties will more likely understand domestic laws. furthermore, domestic tribals -- trials are often cheaper, quicker and less resource-intensive, meaning more resources can be devoted to items like discovery and analysis. congress has already attested to the threat that these crimes pose to u.s. interests, including the heavy price tag in
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the forms of regional instability, refugee flows, economic losses, and reconstruction costs. a related program, the rewards for justice program, authorizes similar bounties for terrorists wanted by the united states for violations of united states law. most famously the one that was placed upon osama bin laden. the bounties have led to the disruption of terrorist activities, but also the prosecution of terrorists like ramsy youcef, who was convicted in the 1993 bombing of the world trade center. our bill would bring the war crimes rewards program into conformity with that standard, by explicitly listing violations of u.s. law as a basis for issuing the reward. not just the conviction by an international tribunal. it would also allow the u.s. to work with our allies to issue joint rewards, another provision in the terrorism authorization
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that the human rights provision lacks. this bill would leave important safeguards already incorporated into the current program in place. these safeguards include the ineligibility of government officials, consultation with the attorney general, and congressional notification of the awards. finally, mr. speaker, national governments are sovereign and the u.s. government shouldn't be neglecting their proper role by offering this tool solely to tribunals. currently there are efforts to encourage the prosecution of isis, perpetrators of rape and genocides against yazidis in national courts, using domestic laws that provide for such prosecutions. this bill would make it clear that the u.s. government should also be encouraging such efforts. the genocide by isis fighters in the middle east, war crimes
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perpetuated by syria's brutal dictator, and the north korean regime's crimes against its own people must all be opposed by the united states. it is my hope that the passage of this bill will send the signal that these brutal atrocities and the cowards that perpetuate them will be hunted down and punished with all means possible. -- by all means possible. i thank my good friend and ranking member of the foreign affairs committee, eliot engel, for his role as the lead democrat co-sponsor of this bipartisan legislation. and again i'd like to thank chairman royce for bringing this to the floor. and lastly i'd like to thank the committee staff for their thoughtful contributions and assistance and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. boyle: mr. speaker, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized.
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mr. royce: no further speakers on our side. the speaker pro tempore: ok. the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. boyle: thank you, mr. speaker. you keep wanting to make me from california. the speaker pro tempore: i don't know. mr. boyle: that's fine. especially with these winters. but i'm proud to be from pennsylvania. mr. speaker, i will yield myself as much time as i may consume. for the purpose of closing. i want to thank, again, congresswoman foxx, as well as ranking member engel, for their legislation, as well as the other legislators who worked on it. this bill would help ensure that the war crimes rewards program can be used for the greatest possible effect. bringing the perpetrators of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide to justice. it will give the state department clear authority to use rewards for perpetraters who are brought to justice under international tribunals in domestic courts. america must stand against human
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rights abusers and war criminals abroad. and this bill helps advance that goal. i urge my colleagues to support the bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania yields. i recognize the gentleman from california. mr. royce: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. royce: mr. speaker, when we consider the human cost in terms of those who commit war crimes or crimes against humanity, and i am reflecting on some of the victims of charles taylor's activities in liberia and in sierra leone. we saw young children who had had limbs amputated at the hands of the revolutionary united front, supported by charles taylor. we have met with children whose
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by nts have been murdered the perpetrators of violence, who believed that they were beyond justice. and the concept behind having the department of state rewards program serves such an important purpose when we consider that it has helped bring to the bar of justice around this planet those who have been involved in war crimes. it has turned the table on dangerous foreign terrorists and criminals. and this bill of virginia foxx's and eliot engel's, continues to expand that very -- engel's continues to expand that very effort. to help ensure that they face justice, but just as importantly that others message in the future who contemplate behaving like a charles taylor
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or committing this kind of mayhem will also face the bar of justice. and encouraging, encouraging those who are working with them to turn them over in order to get that reward. and leave them in a state of perpetual anxiety where they know that at any time anyone in their organization could turn them over to international justice. so this bill helps advance that effort. so i again thank the gentlelady from north carolina, virginia foxx, and my good friend from new york as well, mr. eliot ngel, for sponsoring this bill to make cheer this -- clear that this important authority includes justice meted out by u.s. courts under u.s. law. this makes it clear that the international provisions that we seek to expand include the actions taken here in the united
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states and i congratulate them for bringing this bill forward. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, hrment r. -- h.r. 3851, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, -- mr. royce: i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and i make a point of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this otion will be postponed.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from alaska seek recognition? mr. young: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 219. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 397, h.r. 219. a bill to correct the swan lake hydroelectric project survey boundary and to provide for the conveyance of the remaining tract of land within the corrected survey boundary to the state of alaska. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from alaska, mr. young, and the gentleman from hawaii, -- the gentlewoman from hawaii, ms. hanabusa, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from alaska. mr. young: i ask unanimous
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consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. young: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. first let me thank my good friend from hawaii, ms. hanabusa, for coming over here to help manage the bill. it was an imposition, but thank you. it means a great deal to me. mr. speaker, the swan lake hydroelectric project is a remote facility in southeast alaska that provides electric power to nearly 20,000 of my constituents in the cities of petersburg, rangel, ketchikan and the smaller surrounding areas. in 1994 the project's operator began work to raise the height of the dam by 15 feet. working with the state of alaska, it secured 1,500 acres of land from the federal government inside the reservoir's new coverage area. the land was surveyed by the federal government and transferred to the state of alaska in 1997. in twelve the project operator
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discover -- 2012 the project operator discovered an error in the federal survey and determined an additional 28.5 acres of land would have to be covered with water if the level was raised. there's no difference of agreement among the federal and the state agencies concerning this error and how it occurred. h.r. 219 will fix the error by requiring the secretary of interior to correct the survey and transfer the remaining acreage to the state of alaska. this is a commonsense bill that promotes green energy and development at zero cost to the federal government. i urge the adongs of the measure and reserve the balance of my time -- adoption of the measure and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from hawaii is recognized. ms. hanabusa: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. hanabusa: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, it is always an honor to share the floor with my good friend from alaska. h.r. 219 instructs the secretary of the interior, after consulting with the forest service, to resurvey the lost
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creek section and other additional lands by the swan lake hydroelectric facility so the interior department can modify the boundary and convey land necessary for the facility's expansion. the swan lake hydroelectric facility is a tall concrete arch dam at the head of the carol inland. the project was authorized by ferc and operation began in 1984. it is currently operated by a not-for-profit alaskan joint action agency called the southeast alaska power agency. these utilities provide an estimated 62% of the power consumed by the communities they serve. the survey that was used to convey land for the expansion project contained a mistake and omitted the lost creek section and other additional areas. more land, however, needs to be conveyed to the state of alaska to utilize the additional reservoir's storage from the recently finished expansion
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project. because this bill corrects that mistake, conveys needed lands for the facility expansion, and was supported by the u.s. forest service, i urge my colleagues to support this bill. mr. speaker, i reserve the alance of my time. mr. young: i have no more other speakers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. ms. hanabusa: i will close. i believe given the nature of this bill and we all know when it comes to alaska, no one is better an advocate and strongest opponent for what is right for the state of alaska than my good friend, the representative of alaska. and this is a bill that conveys the needed lands and it is supported by all the necessary federal agencies. and for that reason, i urge my colleagues to support the bill. and i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields. the gentleman from alaska is recognized. mr. young: i wish my good friend good luck in the upcoming election. you make a fine governor as you made a fine congress lady, believe me. with that, i ask for the yeas nd nays. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields? mr. young: i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 219. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair 2/3 being in the affirmative. mr. young: mr. speaker, i object on the vote that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: the p -- pursuant to clause 8, rule 20, further proceedings on this otion will be postponed.
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